smaynard6000 (510) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Niell’s. Dark red with small frothy off-white head, significant lacing. Aroma is average caramel malt and hoppy. Somewhat spicy flavor with some booziness. Medium bodied with sticky mouthfeel. This was enjoyable.
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. clear ruby under a large, foamy beige head. grassy, herb garden, earthy, green pepper nose. flavor is mildly spicy with chillies but more herbal like green bell peppers and fresh grass. even chives sometimes. light bodied. the 9.4% is well hidden. what a surprise. i never saw this coming from stone. the pepper addition is well done, especially with the nicely sweetened malt backbone.
PorterPounder (5107) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, bubbly-beady off-white head, light lacing. Aroma is slightly muddled - some light cinnamon, a hint of pears. Bold flavor, fruit forward - pick up some nectarine sweetness, some caramel nuttiness, and just a hint of the advertised peppers. Peppers compliment - do not overpower or distract. Mouthfeel is sufficiently sticky
ddemmingjr (657) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Excited to give this a try. pours clear amber, off white head that fades quickly. Clove, banana, typical Tripel nose with Belgian yeast and then that distinctive additional cinnamon, spicy chili vegetable notes on the nose. bready malts, esters, spiciness that is unique. medium carbonation, syrupy texture and stickiness on the lips. dry, astringent long finish. interesting but not my thing.
TheBeerGod (5006) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahogany with a short, foamy tan head. Strong yeast, herbal notes, caramel, sweet malt, dried fruit, and spices in the aroma. Taste is herbal notes, soft floral hops, spices, caramel, dusty yeast, sweet malt, soft grains, light cinnamon and fruit notes. Soft heat from the chilies and a prickly, bubbly carbonation. Medium bodied, overall. Ends with more spiciness, dusty yeast, caramel, soft cinnamon, grains, big yeast notes, floral hops and dried fruit.
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle poured into a Tulip at 41°. Color is a murky amber with mellow carbonation and a small tan head. Aroma of caramel and green chilies. It has a medium body that gives a crisp mouth feel. Flavor comes in with toffee and a touch of yeast, then the chili pepper shows followed by a mild bitterness. After taste is an odd sweetness mixed with more chili. Overall its a very odd flavor blend, the mix of chilies and sweet just doesn’t work for me.
drfabulous (3569) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce from Good Foods. Caramel. Burnt sugar. Sweetness. Followed by the slightest pepper taste. Dominant yeast aroma and taste. I’m glad the pepper is subdued.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of burnt carmel, cinnamon and light chilies. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of burnt carmel, cinnamon, toffee and a hint of chilies with a crisp lingering burnt carmel finish.
rbrazell (1414) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep clear amber color with a moderate bubbly khaki colored head. Nose is sweet malts and fruity, pears baked apples with light hints of cinnamon spice. Flavor is complex and interesting with sweet malts and almost strawberry like fruits, apparent Belgian yeast and some cinnamon spice. Not bad.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours clear and sparkling mahogany with a large, frothy and creamy light tan head, long retention with light excellent lacing. Aroma is honey and caramel malt with notes of light toast and biscuit malt, dates and figs, cinnamon notes, huge fruity esters with some cooked banana notes and faint vanilla and peppery alcohol. Flavor is artificial sweetener and Belgian yeast esters, medium sweet malt, light spice/pepper, notes of cinnamon, and a sweet, near cloying finish. The flavor goes downhill after this initial impression, with warmth not helping at all. I am not sure what was meant here, but I hope this was not it. The closest thing I can come up with is dates topped with Sweet-N-Low to describe this - what a horrible mess. I suspect there are some Anaheim peppers in there because the flavor does finish slightly spicy, but the heavy residual sugar masks it. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.